Only Washington’s two-game sweep of the Women’s College World Series best-of-three final kept the fans from setting the all-time WCWS attendance record. With Tuesday night’s attendance of 5,807, a total of 60,512 fans came through the gates of Hall of Fame Stadium, setting a record for average attendance per session at 6,724. The total attendance was the second-most, behind the 2007 crowd of 62,463.
What, no Tebow?If you’re scoring quarterbacks in attendance at the WCWS, Washington won 2-0 over Florida. Current Husky quarterback Jake Locker was spotted in the stands supporting his girlfriend, Washington outfielder Lauren Greer. And former quarterback Isaiah Stanback, now a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, also made the trip north to support his alma mater.
Second straight first-timerWashington became a first-time softball national champion Tuesday night, following in the footsteps of first-timer Arizona State last year. There have not been back-to-back first-time WCWS champions since the first two years of the tournament’s existence. UCLA won in 1982 and Texas A&M in 1983. And the Pac-10 Conference extended its dominance of the sport with its 22nd national title in the 28 years of the event. A Pac-10 team has reached the finals 23 straight years.
Champs dominate All-Tournament TeamWashington’s Danielle Lawrie threw every pitch for her team at the WCWS en route to earning the Most Outstanding Player award Tuesday night. She was joined by teammates Ashley Charters, Kimi Pohlman, Morgan Stuart and Niki Williams on the All-Tournament Team. Other team members included: Megan Bush and Stacey Nelson of Florida; Kelley Montalvo, Charlotte Morgan and Brittany Rogers of Alabama; and Georgia’s Alisa Goler and Taylor Schlopy.
Bad in blackTeams wearing black jerseys were winless in six games at the WCWS. Missouri and Georgia each lost twice and Arizona State once in black jerseys prior to Florida’s loss Tuesday night in black tops. By Scott Wright